2-1-1 is the number to dial to reach the Crisis Hotline and Information Center in Licking and Knox Counties. Just as you dial 9-1-1 for emergencies, dial 2-1-1 for non-emergency information and referral. Their human service referral database is comprehensive and up-to-date. You do not have to be in crisis to call and their services are free. Their phone operators are highly trained. They treat your call confidentially and help you navigate through the maze of community services in a nonjudgmental manner. 

Assisted Living Options for Seniors and people with disabilities

There are three levels of assisted living: assisted living communities, independent living communities, and home care. Home care brings assistance with daily living to the home, independent living offers a community with convenient amenities, and assisted living combines a community that offers convenient amenities with support for daily living tasks.

Aktion Club

Aktion Club is a service club for adults with developmental disabilities worldwide.  Please contact Jeanette Carpenter 740-397-4475 or jcarpenter@knoxdd.com to gather more information or to join!

Area Agency on Aging

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging is responsible for developing a comprehensive and coordinated service system for older individuals residing in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca & Wyandot counties. They are a private, non-profit Agency, designated by the State of Ohio to be a Planning and Service Area (PSA).

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging is here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact them with any questions or to inquire about your needs. Call (419) 524-4144 or (800) 860-5799.

DODD Easy Read Guides

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has put together guides that are easy to read and follow along with to better understand services, rights, plans, abuse, waivers and more!


The Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio was incorporated in 1984 with one purpose in mind, to accomplish a mission. That is:

To support families, promote community involvement, and encourage a lifetime of opportunities for people with Down syndrome.

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ICAN2 (Involvement, Community, Adovcacy and Networking Too) is a group of Self-Advocates who come together to make accessibility a priority for Knox County. If you are interested in joining this group, please reach out to Cindi Strawser or Bessie Cline.


People with developmental disabilities and their families have said Ohio's waiting list for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers is overly complex and in need of simplification.  The current waiting list confuses people with developmental disabilities and their families, misleads advocates, and hinders efforts by policymakers to direct resources to where they are needed most.
To better serve Ohioans with developmental disabilities, various organizations have been collaborating for more than 15 months to modernize Ohio’s failed Medicaid Waiver waiting list. Replacing the current system will greatly improve the way Ohio’s waiting list for HCBS waivers operates.


Know Your Knox

Know Your Knox is a newsletter with a list of upcoming events, activities, and classes in Knox County.  New things are scheduled every day so this is not a complete list but can be used as a resource.  Event dates and times are subject to change so please check in with the website provided or the contact person given to confirm details before attending.


Knox Voices For Autism

Come join us as individuals and family members impacted by autism share resources, best practices and help plan autism-related training and services provided in Knox County.  Meetings are held once a month.  Contact Andrew Taylor 740-397-4621 or ataylor@knoxdd.com for the schedule.



The Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT) is comprised of several different committees, all uniting with the common goal to help those either at risk or already involved in substance abuse. But who are these people? They're concerned parents, community leaders, teens, businessmen and women, law enforcement, and local media...

They're anyone and everyone concerned about the impact substance abuse has on our community.

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Lego Club

Lego Club is an opportunity for people to get together to play with Legos and socialize.  We meet every couple of weeks and it’s primarily for ages 7-14.  We have several kits for kids who like to put together specific things following instructions as well as generously donated Legos for kids to get creative and build whatever they would like.  While the kids are playing, the parents are usually hanging out in a separate area which gives them an opportunity to share experiences, frustrations, and ideas with each other.   If there is interest, we can also look to create a Lego Club for ages 15 through adults.  Anyone interested in Lego Club should contact Brody Boggs at 740-263-1032 or bboggs@knoxdd.com

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Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the State of Ohio agency that partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment and independence. They also make determinations on Social Security disability.

OOD does this through three areas:



Project STIR

Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility

Project STIR is a training program for self-advocated designed to provide individuals with the tools to advocate for themselves, mobilize others in advocacy and gain leadership experiences.

Project STIR includes:

 Knowing Yourself, Communicating Assertively, Problem Solving and Negotiating, Rights and Responsibilities, Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination, Being Part of the Community, Starting a Self Advocacy-Group.


Provider Guide Plus

In response to many requests from parents, guardians, and individuals over the years, a collaborative work group has developed this on-line tool to be used to review providers of services for people with developmental disabilities in Ohio.

This easy-to-use online tool is called ProviderGuidePlus. It is intended to help people select a provider and help improve overall services.  It allows people to post public reviews on providers’ services and to read others’ reviews.


People First

People First of Ohio assists people with disabilities who are self-advocates to talk about their needs and rights with people in their communities. Self-advocates make sure that people with disabilities have the right to do what they want in their lives, are responsible for their own choices , and have the right to live and do things in the community like other citizens.

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Special Olympics

The Special Olympics of Ohio provides training opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to train and compete in different sports throughout the year.  To get the most up to date information on sports offered and schedules, please contact Linda Kerr lindak@copper.net or 740-334-8831


Tuck Sleep

Tuck aims to improve sleep hygiene, health, and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free resources. Boasting the largest collection of aggregated data on sleep products on the web (more than 300,000 customer experiences from thousands of unique sources), Tuck aims to power consumers, sleep professionals, and the troubled sleeper looking for answers. Check back often for updates and expanded sleep product information.